Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

MaryKate Brueck

See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

In today's economy, recent college graduates face fierce competition for jobs and positions in graduate and professional schools. Here are six members of Loyola's Class of 2017 who definitely stand out from the crowd.

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See how a Loyola degree helped them stand out, succeed

MaryKate Brueck

Major: Philosophy
Post-graduation: Pursuing a PhD in philosophy

Talk a little about your post-graduation plans and what you’ll be doing.
I’ll be pursuing my PhD in philosophy. I want to bring together my interest in healthcare with my passion for philosophy and ethics. Hopefully I’ll be able to pursue an academic career and maybe work in clinical ethics and public policy.

You’re part of the Maroon and Gold Society, won a John Grant Award in Health Care Ethics, won the Outstanding Junior Award in philosophy. What helped you achieve all those things?
To be honest I think I was only able to accomplish this due to tremendous support from faculty, staff, and peers. I have had amazing mentors throughout my time here, they helped me flourish and find those opportunities to succeed. I think a lot of it is recognizing that Loyola is an amazing institution and recognizing that there were chances to take, chances that I wanted to take, and not take those for granted but to really capitalize on those.

How has Loyola prepared you for grad school?
The opportunities came up that are kind of hard to say no to. I had a lot of great mentors that have helped me. Seeing these programs and who I’m going to be working with, and the conversations that I’ve had gave me the confidence to pursue it.

Any advice for students graduating next year?
Take advantage of this opportunity when you DON’T know what you want to do, because at some point you’re going to have to lock it down. Right now, there’s this freedom to try out a lot of new things. There’s no better time to take risks.